An image from the Jan. 5, 2019 Wildcard game against the Indianapolis Colts.  The Texans lost 7-21.

J.J. Watt

DE

#99

Experience: 8 years

Height: 6-5

Age: 29

Weight: 288 lbs

College: Wisconsin

2018 SEASON

  • TCKLS
    47
  • SCK
    16
  • FF
    7
  • INT

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WK OPP RESULT Total Solo AST SCK SFTY PDEF INT YDS AVG LNG TDS FF OPP FR
17 Jaguars W 20 - 3 3 2 1 1.5 0 1
16 @Eagles L 30 - 32 3 3 0 0 0 0
15 @Jets W 29 - 22 6 4 2 2 0 1
14 Colts L 21 - 24 2 2 0 1 1 0
13 Browns W 29 - 13 1 1 0 0 1 0
12 Titans W 34 - 17 8 5 3 1.5 0 1
11 @Redskins W 23 - 21 4 3 1 1 0 0
9 @Broncos W 19 - 17 2 2 0 1 0 0
8 Dolphins W 42 - 23 4 3 1 1 1 0
7 @Jaguars W 20 - 7 1 1 0 0 1 0
6 Bills W 20 - 13 1 1 0 1 0 0
5 Cowboys W 19 - 16 2 2 0 1 0 0
4 @Colts W 37 - 34 4 4 0 2 0 2
3 Giants L 22 - 27 8 4 4 3 0 1
2 @Titans L 17 - 20 6 4 2 0 0 1
1 @Patriots L 20 - 27 2 2 0 0 0 0

Career Stats

Defense Career

SEASON TEAM G GS Total Solo AST SCK SFTY PDEF INT YDS AVG LNG TDS FF OPP FR
2011 Houston Texans 16 16 44 36 8 5.5 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2012 Houston Texans 16 16 80 68 12 20.5 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
2013 Houston Texans 16 16 80 65 15 10.5 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
2014 Houston Texans 16 16 69 50 19 20.5 1 10 1 80 80 80 1 4 5
2015 Houston Texans 16 16 72 53 19 17.5 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
2016 Houston Texans 3 3 8 1 7 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2017 Houston Texans 5 5 14 10 4 0 2 0
2018 Houston Texans 16 16 57 43 14 16 4 7
TOTAL 104 104 424 326 98 92 1 51 1 80 80 80 1 22 13

Biography

TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Houston Texans with the 11th pick in the first round (11th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft...Signed a contract extension with the Texans on Sept. 2, 2014.

HONORS:

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2017)

Sports Illustrated Person of the Year (2017)

Associated Press and PFWA NFL Defensive Player of the Year (3x – 2012, 2014-15)

Associated Press First-Team All-Pro (5x – 2012-15, 2018)

Pro Bowl selection (5x – 2012-15; 2018) and 2014 Pro Bowl Captain

NFL 101 AFC Defensive Player of the Year (3x – 2012, 2014-15)

Pro Football Weekly/PFWA Defensive Most Valuable Player (3x – 2012, 2014-15)

PFW First-Team All-Pro (4x – 2012-15)

AFC Defensive Player of the Week (7x – Week 2, 2012; Week 15, 2012; Week 4, 2014; Week 11, 2014; Week 11, 2015; Week 17, 2015; Week 12, 2018) - second-most all-time

AFC Defensive Player of the Month (6x – September, 2012; December, 2012; September, 2014; December, 2014; November, 2015; September, 2018)

USA Football All-Fundamentals Team (2012)

Houston Texans Rookie of the Year (2011)

Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011)

USA Today All-Joe Team (2011)

NFL sack leader (2x – 2012, 2015)

Bert Bell Award winner (2014)

CAREER:

Has recorded 92.0 sacks, 13 fumble recoveries, 22 forced fumbles and 51 passes defensed in his career

Became the second-fastest NFL player to reach 80.0 career sacks, doing so in his 92nd career game. Hall of Fame DE Reggie White accomplished the feat in 70 career games

Passed Derrick Thomas (66.0) for the second-most career sacks in a player’s first five seasons in NFL history

In his 75th career game, became the second-fastest player in NFL history to reach 70.0 sacks (Reggie White, 57 games)

Became the second-fastest player in NFL history to reach 75.0 career sacks, as he did so in his 82nd career game. Hall of Fame DE Reggie White accomplished the feat in his 65th career game

Leads the NFL with 241 quarterback hits and 152 tackles for loss and ranks second in the NFL in sacks since entering the league in 2011

The only player in NFL history with 20-or-more sacks and 10-or-more passes defensed in the same season, which he accomplished twice (2012, 2014)

Recorded his fourth career 15.0-sack season (2012, 2014, 2015, 2018), which is the second-most in the NFL since 1982. Reggie White is the only other player to notch three 15.0-sack seasons in his first five years in the league

Has 24 career games with 2.0-or-more sacks, the second-most of any player in his first 102 career games in NFL history

Has six games with 3.0-or-more sacks in his career

Notched his fourth straight season with 10.0-or-more sacks in 2015, which is the longest active streak in the NFL

The first Texan with four seasons (2012-15) of 10.0-or-more sacks in his career (no other player in franchise history has three)

Ranks first in franchise history with 92.0 sacks

Owns the four highest single-season sack totals in team history (2012, 2014, 2015, 2018)

Posted 50-or-more quarterback hits in two straight seasons (2014-15)

Has blocked four kicks in his career, including a franchise-record two in 2013

One of two players to record 10.0 sacks and 10 passes defensed in two different seasons since 1991 (Jason Taylor)

Posted his fourth straight season (2012-15) with 40-or-more quarterback hits and reached 200 career quarterback hits. His 2012-15 seasons are currently the top four single-season quarterback hit totals since 2006

His 36.5 sacks through his first three seasons were the seventh-most in NFL history for a player through their first three seasons

Became first player in NFL history with 14 passes defensed and 14 sacks in the same season in 2012

His 36.5 combined sacks and passes defensed in 2012 were the most by a player since 1991, when passes defensed became an official statistic

Emerged on the national scene in the playoffs following the 2011 season with 3.5 sacks and an interception return for a touchdown in the postseason

Became the fastest defensive lineman to reach 50 career passes defensed in NFL history, doing so in his 100th game, passing Kevin Williams and Jason Taylor who each reached the milestone in their 121st games

Became the first player in NFL history to record at least eight total tackles, 3.0 sacks, four tackles for loss, four quarterback hits and one forced fumble in two separate career games (Week 15 of the 2012 season vs. Indianapolis and Week 3 of the 2018 season vs. the N.Y. Giants). There has only been four occurrences in NFL history since tackles for loss became an official statistic where a player recorded at least eight total tackles, 3.0 sacks, four tackles for loss, four quarterback hits and one forced fumble in a game and Watt is responsible for two of them. DeMarcus Ware and Aaron Donald are the only other NFL players to accomplish the feat once

2018 (Houston 16/16; 1/1):

Finished the season with 61 total tackles (47 solo), 16.0 sacks, 25 quarterback hits, 18 tackles for loss, four passes defensed and a career-high seven forced fumbles

Earned First Team All-Pro honors at defensive end and Second Team All-Pro honors as an interior defensive lineman

Recorded his fourth season with at least 15.0 sacks, which is the second-most in NFL history, behind only Reggie White (five)

Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors for his play during the month of September

Notched three total tackles (two solo) and two quarterback hits at New England (9/9)

Registered six total tackles (four solo), two tackles for loss and one forced fumble at Tennessee (9/16)

Finished with eight total tackles (four solo), 3.0 sacks, three tackles for loss, four quarterback hits and one forced fumble vs. the N.Y. Giants (9/23). Became the first player in the NFL to record five total tackles, 1.0 sack, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the first half this season

Tallied four solo tackles, 2.0 sacks, one tackle for loss, one quarterback hit and two forced fumbles at Indianapolis (9/30). Recorded multiple sacks in back-to-back games for the seventh time in his NFL career, which is the most in NFL history. Clay Matthews, Demarcus Ware, Jared Allen and Jason Pierre-Paul are all tied for second with three each

Notched two total tackles (two solo), 1.0 sack, one tackle for loss and two quarterback hits vs. Dallas (10/7)

Recorded three total tackles, 1.0 sack, one tackle for loss and one quarterback hit vs. Buffalo (10/14). Recorded 1.0 sack in four consecutive games for the sixth time in his career, which is the second-most in the NFL since 2011 (Broncos OLB Von Miller – seven)

Tallied one total tackle, one quarterback hit and one pass defensed at Jacksonville (10/21). Passed S Glover Quin (47) for the fifth-most passes defensed in franchise history

Notched four total tackles (three solo) 1.0 sack, two tackles for loss, one quarterback hit and one pass defensed vs. Miami (10/25)

Recorded two solo tackles, 1.0 sack, one tackle for loss and three quarterback hits at Denver (11/4)

Finished with four total tackles (three solo), 1.0 sack, one tackle for loss and one quarterback hit at Washington (11/18)

Registered nine total tackles (six solo), 1.5 sacks, two quarterback hits, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble vs. Tennessee (11/26). Watt recorded his 20th career forced fumble and set a new career high for forced fumbles in a single season with five

Tallied one total tackle (one solo), one tackle for loss and one pass defensed vs. Cleveland (12/2). Became the fastest defensive lineman to reach 50 career passes defensed in NFL history, doing so in his 100th game and passing Jason Taylor and Kevin Williams who each reached the milestone in their 121st game

Finished with two total tackles (two solo), 1.0 sack, two quarterback hits, one tackle for loss and one pass defensed vs. Indianapolis (12/9). Sacked Colts QB Andrew Luck for an 11th time in his career, which is the most sacks against any quarterback in Watt’s career. Passed Leonard Little (87.5) for 49th on the NFL’s all-time sack list

Notched six total tackles (four solo), 2.0 sacks, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits and one forced fumble at the N.Y. Jets (12/15). Joined Rams DT Aaron Donald as the only players to record three games with at least 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble in 2018

Recorded three solo tackles and one tackle for loss at Philadelphia (12/23)

Finished with four total tackles (three solo), 1.5 sacks, one quarterback hit and one forced fumble vs. Jacksonville (12/30)

Recorded two total tackles (two solo), one tackle for loss, one quarterback hit and two passes defensed in the Wild Card Round vs. Indianapolis (1/5)

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